While the politicians attempt to hammer ut peace accords and avert more wars, the Brooklyn band Butcher Knives have already solved the issue...through music. The seven member band represents both sexes, three religions, four countries, and five languages! In a conference call with some of the band members, has man Yoni - an American Jew raised in Israel - revealed that at one time he and Moroccan born Arabic drummer Armine shared a flat and lived very peaceably together.
As for the rest of the band...Melissa hails from New Orleans, Tal is from Israel, Ethan is a New York City boy, and band originators Nacho and Nikko were born in Bogata, Columbia.
It is there that the band name Butcher Knives got its name. Nikko and Nacho - who met in Miami in 2008 - say that during the civil war in Columbia the only thing the farmers and peasants had to defend themselves were butcher knives and machetes.
The naming of the band's style of music came from Yoni who says in keeping with the idea of many cultures being represented in the band, they call the music gypsybilly. Based in punk, the band that includes guitars, keyboards, drums, percussion, banjo, accordion, and a stand up bass draws from every style of music, and the various band member cultures, to create their own sound. Singing in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Hebrew; the guys said that they all try to shout in each other's languages.
While Nikko and Nacho are the band's primary songwriters, all of the band members have a share in singing during the shows,
Band members pride themselves on their high energy shows, but occasionally things really get a little crazy. The boys recounted a story where during a performance with Argentine punk star Boom Boom Kid, a fight broke out that ended in a chase.
Butcher Knives were recently a part of the CMJ music festival in New York City and have a new single out "Tell Me Why". The song is based on real life experiences and is a part of their upcoming debut albulm which is set for release early next year. The guys said that the album is ready to go but they are waiting for an official release date; hopefully in early February. The band has already begun working on writing some new songs for the next album.
Though no set dates have been confirmed, the guys urge fans to "keep their eyes peeled" at the band website - www.butcherknivesmusic.com - for some tour dates next year.
While some area of the globe are actively seeking ways to make peace, the members of Butcher Knives have already found the answer - MUSIC!